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dc.contributor.advisorSeaman, Don
dc.creatorSteele, Douglas Lee
dc.descriptionTypescript (photocopy).en
dc.description.abstractThe dilemma of high school dropouts has achieved unprecedented urgency at national, state, and local levels. Educators continually attempt to define the role of the public school system in interpreting, evaluating, and reporting the causes and consequences of leaving school prior to graduation. The purposes of this research were: (1) to examine to what extent family background characteristics may influence a student's decision to drop out of school; (2) to determine what effect school interactions and academic performance had on the ultimate decision to leave school; (3) to examine the social relationships of the student to determine how they may have influenced the decision to leave school; and, (4) to determine if the reasons for quitting school, as perceived by the dropout, are singularly unique to the individual or common within the sample population. Fifty-one students who had previously dropped out of high school, but were currently enrolled in an alternative educational center, were personally interviewed with a questionnaire developed by the researcher. Data analysis included the descriptive statistics of frequency distributions, percentages, mean scores, standard deviations, and relationships between variables. The researcher concluded that there is no one single variable, or group of variables, that can be used to predict whether a student will drop out in all situations. Each student is uniquely individual; however, certain variables can provide warnings of potential dropouts. Irregular attendance patterns, being consistently late for school, and low levels of educational attainment by parents were indicators constant across the sample population. Pregnancy and/or marriage were the highest rated indicators for females, while work or failing grades were most common among males.en
dc.format.extentxi, 152 leavesen
dc.rightsThis thesis was part of a retrospective digitization project authorized by the Texas A&M University Libraries. Copyright remains vested with the author(s). It is the user's responsibility to secure permission from the copyright holder(s) for re-use of the work beyond the provision of Fair Use.en
dc.subjectMajor adult and extension educationen
dc.subjectHigh school dropoutsen
dc.subject.classification1992 Dissertation S814
dc.subject.lcshHigh school dropoutsen
dc.subject.lcshUnited Statesen
dc.subject.lcshDropout behavior, Prediction ofen
dc.titleProfile of the school dropout : perceptions of the early school leaveren
dc.typeThesisen A&M Universityen of Philosophyen Den
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBriers, Gary
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLadewig, Howard
dc.contributor.committeeMemberStone, Barbara
dc.format.digitalOriginreformatted digitalen
dc.publisher.digitalTexas A&M University. Libraries

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